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INTERVIEW

David Sanborn: Night Music and Beyond with Hal Willner

Read "David Sanborn: Night Music and Beyond with Hal Willner" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Could you imagine tuning in to national network TV today and finding a 60-minute weekly music show focusing on forward-looking musicians driven by a desire to push the envelope rather than to “entertain?" A music show sponsored by a beer company, on top of that? It's hard to believe today. But for two seasons at the end of the 1980s, Michelob Presents Night Music was that and much more. It was a playground where established names like Sonny Rollins and ...

SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions

Read "David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Listed alphabetically, as opposed to first, second, and third place, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and David Sanborn are as good as it gets when discussing the best and most influential alto saxophone players of all-time. Now before you say what about Phil Woods or Kenny Garrett or any number of others, let me qualify that this is my list, my opinion. Not some carved in stone official list that has been sealed and notarized by some sort of imaginary Grand ...

SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

Read "David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue" reviewed by Jim Worsley

It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

BOOK REVIEW

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disbaility

Read "Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disbaility" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability George McKay 230 pages ISBN: #978-0-472-05209-7 University of Michigan Press 2013 Given the vast quantities written about popular music culture it is perhaps surprising that so little critical space has been given to disability and popular music. Despite this anomaly, author George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, argues that there exist identifiable and powerful links between popular music and the “damaged" ...

ALBUM REVIEW

David Sanborn: Only Everything

Read "Only Everything" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Only Everything is alto saxophonist David Sanborn's second straight release paying homage to one of his greatest and earliest influences, Ray Charles. While some jazz purists may dismiss Sanborn as a slick TV personality and practitioner of smooth or pop jazz, he's always had firm roots in bluesy, R&B-based jazz, dating to his early days playing with the likes of Albert King and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. And along with his more commercially calculated recordings, he's released some excellent ...

INTERVIEW

David Sanborn: Sound and Silence

Read "David Sanborn: Sound and Silence" reviewed by Jason Crane

Saxophonist David Sanborn is one of the most recognizable instrumentalists in modern music. From his many television appearances--on his own show, Night Music, and with David Letterman's band--to his popular records and tours, Sanborn is among the few names in jazz that non-jazzheads can recognize.

In 2008, Sanborn released Here & Gone (Decca, 2008), an album that pays tribute to saxophonist Hank Crawford, who was a key part of the Ray Charles band through many of its greatest ...

ALBUM REVIEW

David Sanborn: Here & Gone

Read "Here & Gone" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Alto saxophonist/flutist David Sanborn has been associated with everything from electronica, fusion and disco-tinged recordings to Svengali (Atlantic, 1973), a now-classic set he recorded with Gil Evans. Although he's acknowledged as having been influenced by Hank Crawford, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, he's not easily categorizable. Other musical partners have been as diverse as Billy Butterfield early on in his career, to Stevie Wonder and The Brecker Brothers. For this set it's a typically diverse gathering of musicians.


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